“Sign language is crucial for deaf children… Early intervention is crucial. Education doesn’t just start in schools, it starts when a child is born.” Watch Oscar-winner, actress and screenwriter Rachel Shenton in Geneva’s #SDGStudio on today’s International Day of Sign Languages: https://youtu.be/sJCIJwc9BRQ
Every day, Deaf people “fail” the hearing test immediately after being born, face “language delays” with their hearing family that don’t learn their natural language, and attempt “perfect speech” in order to fit into the hearing world. They fight to use interpreters that benefit both the hearing and the Deaf, and deal with job discrimination — all simply because they cannot hear.
Did you know where American Sign Language came from? It came from more than one place! Find out where in our new video for a #funfact about ASL!
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If you have any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org![Video description: The video begins in old film black and white, an old man, George Veditz signs friends and fingerspells FELLOW and DEAF then paused. The color changes to blue and white text appears “Where did ASL come from?” then changes into an old yellow paper with blue text, “Laurent Clerc, a deaf teacher, brought French Sign Language to the American School for the Deaf in 1817.” along with a compass. The ship arrives Paris then leaves to North America. Blue text, “In Hartford, CT. The Statue of Liberty appears and blue text, “sign language from deaf people in Martha’s Vineyard and New Hampshire. The background changes to burst blue and buff and white text, “ASL is born!” In the end, ASL Connect ending title page wraps up the video.]
ASLized fosters the integration of American Sign Language (ASL) educational research into visual media and literacy. The main objective is to produce teaching and learning materials in ASL with two focuses: 1.) ASL literature, preserving culture and history and 2.) ASL Linguistics, promoting a better understanding of the complex structure and use of sign languages.
D-PAN’s debut DVD “It’s Everybody’s Music” volume one – ASL Music Videos: John Mayer – “Waiting On The World To Change”, Christina Aguilera – “Beautiful”, Eminem – “Lose Yourself”, the Making of D-PAN Music Videos and more!!!
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students From Massachusetts Ask State Senator to Change “Hearing Impaired” Terminology in State Law
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) children need to master at least one language (spoken or signed) to reach their full potential. Providing access to a natural sign language supports this goal. Despite evidence that natural sign languages are beneficial to DHH children, many researchers and practitioners advise families to focus exclusively on spoken language. We critique the Pediatricsarticle ‘Early Sign Language Exposure and Cochlear Implants’ (Geers et al., 2017) as an example of research that makes unsupported claims against the inclusion of natural sign languages. We refute claims that (1) there are harmful effects of sign language and (2) that listening and spoken language are necessary for optimal development of deaf children. While practical challenges remain (and are discussed) for providing a sign language-rich environment, research evidence suggests that such challenges are worth tackling in light of natural sign languages providing a host of benefits for DHH children – especially in the prevention and reduction of language deprivation.
A Film by Sarah Snow & Jules Dameron – This film strives to educate hearing people on what they might not know or understand about the Deaf community.
See below for a summary of recent research regarding the importance of early access to language for cognitive development.
For more information…https://jslhr.pubs.asha.org/doi/10.1044/2018_JSLHR-L-17-0281
The video is captioned for those not familiar with ASL. Please click on CC to turn the English captions on. The Gallaudet Linguistics Department has written a letter to AG Bell Association addressing the inaccuracies in their recent statement. We also created a series of ASL video responses in conjunction to the letter (which is available here https://lingdept.wordpress.com/2016/0…). This video is the fourth part of the series. Here we specifically explain how early exposure to ASL does not hinder spoken language development. Quick bio: Wink is a first year graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University. Originally from Minnesota, Wink is a child of Deaf adults (CODA) and is a native user of ASL.
Dr. Joseph Valente is involved in comprehensive research in childhood studies, comparative and international education, educational anthropology, deaf studies and disability studies. He is the author of the autobiographical novel and autoethnography, “d/Deaf and d/Dumb: A Portrait of a Deaf Kid as a Young Superhero,” published by Peter Lang. Currently, Joe is the co-principal investigator of the video ethnography project “Kindergartens for the Deaf in Three Countries: Japan, France and the United States,” funded by the Spencer Foundation. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
Unfortunately, 3 out of 4 Deaf babies do not have full access to sign language from birth and 98% of Deaf children do not have access to education in sign language. This is a gross violation of Deaf babies and children’s human rights.
Video also can be found at YouTube: https://youtu.be/jPaBuRzzykE
Human Rights Day 2018
by: United Nations
Deaf people as a linguistic and cultural group
By: World Federation of the Deaf
WFD Position Paper on the Language Rights of Deaf Children by: World Federation of the Deaf https://wfdeaf.org/…/wfd-position-paper-language-rights-de…/
Human Rights of Deaf People – Bilingual Education
by: World Federation of the Deaf
Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Youth 2011-12 Regional and National Summary by: Gallaudet Research Institute http://research.gallaudet.edu/Dem…/2012_National_Summary.pdf (page 11)
Nyle DiMarco unveils new language deprivation video: ‘We felt we could tell a story that touched the heart’
by: Nyle DiMarco Foundation
(For part 2, please go to: https://youtu.be/pfmW9JZuJoM ) with Deborah Chen Pichler, PhD
This Clerc Center produced webcast is designed to increase knowledge among early interventionists, this research-based webcast addresses how deaf and hard of hearing babies acquire language and why one should sign with babies as early as possible. Babies are busy learning language from birth, even though they may not be signing right away. From the moment they arrive, babies are seeking patterns in human language, whether signed or spoken. This webcast will give early interventionists a foundational knowledge to engage in dialogue with parents and professionals about the neurolinguistic benefits of early exposure to visual language for all babies. As a result of this webcast, you will be able to: – Explain how babies’ pattern seeking abilities help them acquire language Understand how early sign language exposure benefits deaf and hard of hearing children and how this provides building blocks for social and academic engagement – Describe the importance of joint attention, child-directed language, and rich conversation with deaf and hard of hearing babies – Counter common but inaccurate assumptions surrounding dual language learning in deaf and hard of hearing children with research-supported data
I’m Rachel Coleman. Like you, I am the parent of a child who is deaf. When my daughter was diagnosed, I had so many questions, hopes, and fears. I searched for answers that sometimes took years to find. Nearly two decades later, I’ve created this site to help you get answers, access resources, and connect with a community that understands your needs.